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Matthew O. Summerlin, Jr.

On June 30, 2019, Matthew Oliver (Mo) Summerlin, Jr., 65, passed away peacefully in Princess Anne, Maryland, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with amyloidosis and cancer. He was the son of the late Dr. Matthew Summerlin, Sr. and Jean (Smith).  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Valerie (Fuscsick); sister, Gayl Harner, and brother, David.  He was a devoted father to Matthew Oliver III and his wife Lisa, Jason, and Brian and his wife Lindsey. Mo is survived by seven grandchildren, Savannah, Jameson, Matthew IV, Taylor, Ava, Tenley, and Mia.

Mo was born in Hagerstown, a graduate of Hagerstown Community College (1973) and University of Maryland College Park (1975). After ten years with the Baltimore City Police Department, he retired in 1995 from the Baltimore County Police Department.  Following his retirement, he worked as an addiction counselor for EJAL Health Services for twenty plus years.  He spent many years coaching Metro Baseball for the Carroll County Rangers. He loved fishing with his family and friends. Mo is remembered for his courage and compassion. He touched many lives and had many friends.

Mo never liked being the center of attention and per his wishes there will be no services. Family will be gathering later to celebrate his life.

17 comments to Matthew O. Summerlin, Jr.

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to Val, their sons, daughter-in-laws and beautiful grandchildren.May you find consolation in your memories and joy reminiscing about healthier times. Prayers for all, his suffering has ended. May he Rest In Peace. Hugs and love to all.

  • Jan Love Wehrle

    OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY TO MATT’S FAMILY. This has hit his classmates so hard. He was such a good man. We will miss him at our class reunion. Our love and prayers to the family.
    Jan Love Wehrle NHHS CLAS OF 71

  • Patti Shilling Hull

    I graduated from North High with Mo. He was a nice guy. Glad to hear he continued to be a kind and giving person. Peace and comfort to his family.

  • John Smothers

    My sincere condolences to the family of “Mo”. I graduated with him from North High in 1972. I know Mo will be missed. He was always a good guy in my eyes. Rest in Paradise classmate.

  • William Owens

    Condolences to the Summerlin family. I played ball with Mo in Pony League in Hagerstown and we became friends throughout high school. Mo was such a nice person and I never heard a bad word out of him mouth toward anyone. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • Robin Finfrock McCauley

    Valerie I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Kirk Grooms

    To the Summerlin Family,
    I offer my most sincere condolences in Matt’s passing. There is amyloidosis in my family on the Harshman side from the Chewsville/Smithsburg areas. I had a cousin and uncle die from it.
    I remember Mo from high school. Always a great guy.
    With utmost respect,
    Kirk Grooms

  • Vance Eichelberger

    Please accept my condolences on Mo’s passing. Having known him since we were kids at church, this is especially saddening for me. Even though we hadn’t seen each other in years, news of this type hits where it hurts. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with his entire family, now and forever more. Yours in Christ, Vance, friend and fellow classmate.

  • Judy Schaffer Green

    My sincere condolences to all of the family for their loss. I also graduated with Mo and remember him well. I am very saddened to hear about his struggles and will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick Binford

    It’s always sad to hear a friend new or old has
    Passed away. Our families were also friends
    and spent time together over the years. The respect
    Mo got in Hagerstown, he got as a policeman in
    Baltimore and I’m sure from his family.
    My condolences . Rick Binford

  • Ron Patton

    I served with Matt at PC02. What a kind loving man and a great Police Officer. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Lynne Hershey

    Mo was a wonderful person and special friend to the Hershey family. Our families enjoyed special times together of which I will always treasure. My heartfelt love and prayers are extended to all of you.

  • Pamela Sonntag

    My deepest condolences to the Summerlin family. Mo was my classmate and one of the nicest person anyone could know. My heart is saddened. I send prayers of comfort and peace. Mo you are now with our maker. When you return home tell Coach Johnson hello for me.
    Pam Johnson Sonntag

  • Linda Strine

    To Valerie, Gayl, David and your families,

    I was very saddened to learn of Mo’s passing as I did not realize the magnitude of his illness. My heart and prayers go out to all of you as Mo was one of my closet friends from grade school on and our families enjoyed many great times as well. You cannot find a greater person than Matt, Valerie- you know that. We thank you for his service in Baltimore City and County and for his countless hours of volunteer service. I will keep remembering our great conversations at the 40th class reunion and of our days growing up. I am sure he will now be able to enjoy reuniting with his parents and friends and again, my heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

    Very kind regards,

    Linda Strine

  • Lashawna Beasley Ware

    My condolences go out to you and your family. May God be with you.

  • Mark Fuller

    My deepest sympathies to the Summerlin’s on the loss of Mo. I remember him well from high school. He was always kind, gentle easy going manner about him. I am not surprised to hear about his life of service to others and devotion to his family. The world needs more people like him. Rest In Peace Mo.

  • Roslyn and Frank Corasaniti

    Val and family, we are so sorry to hear about Mo’s passing. He was truly a wonderful man and he touched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve this loss. May God bring you comfort and strength.

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